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JOROTO X3 Silver Indoor Cycling Bike

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JOROTO X3 Silver

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L:50.4"
W:20.8"
H:46.8"
300 lbs45 lbsFriction,
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Speed,
Calories,
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In the second part of 2018, JOROTO has released a new version for their X3 indoor cycling bike. The newer JOROTO X3 features a slightly different frame construction, improved sturdiness, a heavier flywheel, and a better console. In this post, we’re going to cover the “Silver” model, but there is also a red/black model, and a blue/black model. Also, in case you’re curious about the older version, you can view it here.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 50.4L x 20.8W x 46.8H inches (128L x 53W x 119H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 45 lbs (20.4 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Handlebars: 4-way adjustable
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Drive mechanism: Belt
  • Resistance: Friction
  • Fitness meter: Time, speed, distance, calories, goals
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

As we’ve mentioned above, the new JOROTO X3 Silver features a slightly different frame construction. It is made of thicker steel tubing and the longitudinal parallel base bars are slightly curved upward. This results in a greater sturdiness for the frame and improved aesthetics. As a general idea, the bike is designed to support just about any spin workout.

The JOROTO X3 Silver is a little bit larger than other cycling trainers, such as the Ancheer B-3008. It is approx. 50.4″ (128 cm) long, and 20.8 (53 cm) wide. Plus, you will have to allow at least two feet of clearance all around it, for safe access and usage.

With the frame fully set up, this exercise bike is fairly heavy. Its net weight is approx. 121 lbs (55 kg), which is more than three times the weight of the average road bike. This being said, its transport and assembly may require two people; but on the other hand, all this weight is reflected in its overall stability. You can be sure that the unit won’t rock or wobble even if you perform the most demanding spin workouts.

The bike’s stability is improved by its four adjustable stabilizers. These have rubberized pads which provide an excellent grip to the floor, preventing the unit to slide over and also protecting your floor from scratches. Plus, its front base has a set of transport wheels which facilitate its relocation once you have completed your workout. By leaning the bike on its front wheels, you won’t be using more than half of its total weight.

As the title suggests, the bike’s paint finish is silver. The only exceptions are the tubes of the seat and handlebars which have a chrome finish. The bike’s paint finish is corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant, but even so, the unit is made for indoor use only. If used outside moisture can eventually corrode its bolts or other parts.

Seat and handlebars

The JOROTO X3 Silver is equipped with a spin seat. This seat does not have air cell cushioning; however, its top is made of high-density foam, being fairly thicker at the rear for more comfort. It’s also contoured and has a center groove to improve breathability during seated workouts and better positioning.

The seat is four-way adjustable (up, down, front, back). Its upright post offers multiple adjustment notches, while its horizontal slider also offers several inches of travel. This being said, it can accommodate users with an inseam between 28″ and 36″ (71 – 91 cm), or in other words, users between 5’2″ and 6’5″ (157 – 196 cm). It’s also rated for a user weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg), a bit more than the 280 lbs (127 kg) of the previous X3 model.

One last aspect that we have to mention here about the seat regards its attachment system to its slider. It is a standard attachment point with a bolt and collar which allows the seat to be easily removed if needed. Also, in case you have to replace it, compatible saddles are widely available.

The JOROTO X3 Silver features a multi-grip handlebar with a long and curved up, loop aero bar in the middle. The aero bar is directly welded to the main handlebar and cannot be removed. Also, the whole handlebar assembly is coated with a layer of rubber foam in order to provide optimal comfort and a secure grip.

Just as the seat, the handlebar is four-way adjustable. However, its post and slider offer a shorter adjustment span. Both the handlebar and the seat feature large knobs, easy to grip and turn. Therefore, the adjustments are done with ease; in less than a minute, you can calibrate the bike to fit your size perfectly.

Drive system

The JOROTO X3 Silver features a belt drive system. It uses a heavy-duty poly-v belt designed to last for many years of use. There are quite a few advantages with regards to a belt drivetrain. For example, the pedaling motion is extremely quiet and the belt generates considerably less vibration than a chain. This contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride. Plus, there is no lubrication hassle; a belt drive does not require any periodic lubrication.

The bike is equipped with a heavy-duty crankset as well. As we’ve mentioned above, its weight capacity is 300 lbs (136 kg) and this stands for its cranks and pedals as well. Differently put, even if you’re close to 300 lbs, you should still be able to pedal while standing up and perform any spin workout.

The included pedals are made of metallic alloy. They have adjustable toe cages allowing you to perfectly secure your feet on them and provide an extra thrust if needed. They do not have SPD elements for spin shoes, but on the other hand, their threads are standard (9/16″). Therefore, compatible options are widely available.

One last important element to mention here is the bike’s flywheel. As we’ve mentioned above, it’s slightly heavier than for the previous X3 bike. It weighs 45 lbs (20.4 kg), up from 40 lbs (18.1 kg). As opposed to other spin bikes, such as the Spinner P3 for example, the X3 Silver does not have a perimeter-weighted flywheel. But nonetheless, due to its weight, it still produces a very consistent momentum and a smooth pedaling motion, great for any spin workout and interval training.

The bike’s drivetrain and its flywheel allow reverse pedaling. However, when pedaling in reverse, the bike retains its resistance. In other words, you cannot coast on it and if you pedal in reverse, the flywheel will also spin in reverse. Being able to backpedal can be a plus as you can alternate regular pedaling with reverse pedaling in order to diversify your workouts.

Resistance system

This JOTORO exercise bike has a standard friction resistance system. It consists of a felt brake pad attached to the turn-knob on top of the main tube of the frame. By turning the knob clockwise, the brake pad applies more friction to the flywheel which results in an increased pedaling difficulty.

Evidently, the bike’s resistance adjustment is done manually. Therefore, the included bike computer does not play any role in the resistance adjustment. Also, the bike does not need to be connected to a power source.

The tension knob does not have any pre-determined resistance levels marked on it. You simply turn it until you get a satisfying pedaling difficulty. Basically, you can tighten it until you can barely pedal.

The tension knob integrates a spring which allows it to be used as an emergency brake. You can press it down in order to quickly stop the flywheel from spinning. This may actually be necessary as the pedals continue to spin for as long as the flywheel is spinning.

Exercise meter

The bike includes a fitness meter featuring a 4-window LCD display. It tracks time, distance, speed, and calories burned. Each metric is shown in its own window so you don’t have to use a Scan mode to rotate them. The meter does not have a pulse reading function though. There are no pulse sensors on the bike, and the unit does not have an internal HR receiver. Therefore, it does not work with HR transmitters.

The meter unit does not have preset programs, nor it has Bluetooth connectivity. It’s also not compatible with any online fitness apps. However, it still offers target settings for time, distance, and calories. This being said, you can select goals for these metrics and it will show how much you have completed from each goal, notifying you when you complete each goal.

The unit is really easy to use. It has three buttons, Set, Mode, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to enter its setup, the Set button is for setting goals, while the Reset button clears all the values on the console to zero.

As we’ve mentioned above, the bike does not need to be connected to a power source, but the bike computer does need two AA batteries as a power source. It starts up when you begin pedaling, but also has a sleep mode to which it will enter after a few minutes of inactivity on the bike.

Assembly and Maintenance

The main frame of the bike along with the brake, flywheel, and drivetrain, comes pre-assembled. However, you still have to connect the base bars, the seat, the handlebars, the pedals, and the exercise meter. This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, though. It’s far from being a complicated task. Plus, the provided manual offers very clear assembly instructions and a basic set of tools is also included.

For maintenance, the belt does not require any lubrication. The brake pad may need a bit of silicone lubricant especially if it squeaks when in contact with the flywheel. Other than this, it is recommended to wipe the sweat from the frame after your workout and periodically check for loose bolts and parts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame, similar to light-commercial bikes;
  • Aesthetic design;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on both bases;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Superior micro-adjustability – 4-way adjustable seat and handlebars;
  • Foam-padded, contoured seat for optimal comfort;
  • Multi-grip handlebar covered by rubber foam for optimal comfort;
  • Standard friction resistance;
  • Balanced, 45 lbs flywheel for a consistent momentum;
  • Heavy-duty crank, able to support any user up to the maximum listed weight, in upright pedaling position;
  • Durable, metallic alloy pedals with toe cages; 
  • Smooth and quiet belt drive;
  • Fitness meter included – it can track time, speed, distance, and calories;
  • Goal settings on the fitness meter;
  • Little assembly required;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No bottle holder;
  • No pulse reading function.

Summary

The JOROTO X3 Silver is a heavy-duty indoor cycling bike made for spin workouts. It is equipped with a manual friction resistance system, a heavy flywheel, offers superior micro-adjustability, and also includes a fitness meter with target functions for time, distance, and calories. Although it’s not advertised or sold as a commercial grade bike, it definitely has the sturdiness and features of at least a light-commercial one. It’s perfect for high-intensity cardio workout, interval workouts, leg strength and stamina improvement, and of course, for weight loss. It’s not exactly one of the most affordable trainers, but it’s definitely a great alternative to a commercial spin bike.

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